Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Recording Macros? Sorry, No.
Many programs (including Word and Excel) let you record macros. In other words, you perform
the desired series of actions, and the macro recorder saves the corresponding VBA commands.
You can then use the recorded macro as-is or modify it. Unfortunately, Outlook does not have a
macro recorder — the only way to create a macro is to write it yourself.
Many people use Outlook for years without ever wanting or needing to create or use macros. The
fact is, however, that macros are an extremely powerful tool, and you may be missing a lot of time
savings and error prevention if you ignore them.
The Macros Dialog Box
Outlook’s macro command center is the Macros dialog box, shown in Figure 22.1. You open this
dialog box by pressing Alt+F8 or selecting Macro from the Tools menu and then selecting Macros.
The Macros dialog box is Outlook’s macro “command center.”
If you have any macros defined they will be listed here, otherwise the list will be empty. If you
select an existing macro from the list, you can take the following actions by clicking the buttons in
the dialog box:
n Run: Execute the macro.
n Step Into: Debug the macro. Debugging macros is covered later in this chapter.
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